On Thursday, November 30, Mecklenburg County's Veterans Service Office hosted Mr. Phillipe Ardanaz, French Consul General, to honor 27 brave Americans who risked their lives in the liberation of France and the preservation of democracy during World War II. Honorees included a physician who cared for more than 5,000 German prisoners of war and one veteran who served in three different branches of the armed services.
"Life, liberty and justice are based on mutual understanding among human beings regardless of race or country of origin, said Mr. Ardanaz. "The country of France wants all veterans to know their efforts are appreciated and this day is part of that recognition."
These service men and their families were recognized by Mecklenburg County and the French government for their contributions and dedication during this pivotal point in world history.
Visit the Veterans Services web site for
photographs of the event